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Jazz Keyboard Harmony Spiral-bound – 1994
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Piano Voicing Method for All Musicians by Phil DeGreg - Book/CD set Now a Book/CD set!! A practical and systematic method that teaches how to practice jazz piano voicings so that they become automatic and intuitive. The method progresses step by step from 2-voice to 7-voice chord structures with fourths and upper-structure triads. Each chapter presents essential harmonic progressions written and spelled out in all keys, along with fingerings to help non-keyboardists. Also provided are songs, written out for both hands, which utilize the techniques and voicings just learned. Includes comping rhythms, bass line techniques, and practice strategies. Excellent for both classroom and individual study. Strongly endorsed by Mark Levine, Bobby Shew, Denis Diblasio, and many others. The included Play-a-long CD lets you practice the piano exercises in the book with bass and drum accompaniment; you can also practice comping along with a saxophone soloist. A demonstration piano track on one channel, played with a stylistic comping feel, gives you an idea of how the piano voicing exercises should sound.
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I don't think a student would be well served using this as the *only* text but as a companion to a more traditional (theoretical) text it's great. I've used it a lot more than I have Levine.
What is nice about this book is that it's all about the harmonies and piano comping.
The book does not address jazz improvisation or soloing, or even particularly modes. However, many other jazz books spend lots of time on these subjects, so it's not necessary to repeat these topics here.
But, for jazz harmony and voicings, this book has surprizing "staying power". By this I mean that even 10 years later (which admittedly wasn't all devoted to jazz), I still take the book off the shelf occasionally to find out how Phil DeGreg would have handled a certain harmonic progression.
For those willing to put the time into learning what Phil has to teach in this book, you won't be disappointed with your results.